1989 FA Cup Final

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1989 FA Cup Final
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Event 1988–89 FA Cup
After extra time
Date20 May 1989
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Joe Worrall (Cheshire)
WeatherWarm and fine, with hazy sunshine

The 1989 FA Cup Final was the final of the 1988–89 FA Cup, the top football knockout competition in England. The match was a Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, played at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 May 1989. Liverpool won 3–2 after extra time, with goals from John Aldridge and two from Ian Rush. Stuart McCall scored both Everton goals. The final was played only five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush, and before kick-off there was a minute's silence and the teams wore black armbands as a sign of respect. Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry & the Pacemakers, led the crowd in a rendition of his hit "You'll Never Walk Alone", which had become synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. [1]



Liverpool took the lead in the match after four minutes through John Aldridge, and held onto that lead until the ninetieth minute, when Everton substitute Stuart McCall equalised, and a pitch invasion by Everton fans ensued. McCall had scored just once for Everton before the FA Cup final, having joined them from Bradford City at the start of the season.

McCall's goal was the last kick of the 90 minutes and the match went into extra time. On 95 minutes, Liverpool substitute Ian Rush scored with a half-volley on the turn to give Liverpool a 2–1 lead. Everton again equalised five minutes later when McCall scored his second, chesting and volleying past Bruce Grobbelaar and into the corner of the net, becoming the first substitute to score twice in a final. However, Rush – who had scored twice in Liverpool's 3–1 win in the first Merseyside derby Final three years earlier – scored his second goal in the 104th minute, with a header from a floated John Barnes cross. [2]

Liverpool had continued their domination of the English game (they were league champions in 1988 and runners-up in 1987), but Everton had declined since their 1987 title triumph and finished sixth in the league in 1989.

UEFA voted for the ban on English clubs in European competitions to continue for a fifth season, ruling out Liverpool's hopes of competing in the Cup Winners' Cup – although they were still in contention for the league title at this stage, and ultimately were only deprived of the title (and a unique second double) by a last-gasp goal in their final game of the season.

Liverpool striker Ian Rush had now scored four goals in FA Cup finals (both two-goal hauls against Everton) and was one of 11 players (five for Liverpool) to have featured in both of the all-Merseyside FA Cup finals. Stuart McCall made FA Cup history when he became the first substitute to score 2 goals in an FA Cup final. However, Ian Rush matched the feat two minutes later. [3]

Match details

Liverpool 3–2 (a.e.t.) Everton
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Rush Soccerball shade.svg 95', 104'
Report McCall Soccerball shade.svg 90', 102'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,800
Referee: Joe Worrall (Cheshire)
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GK1 Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Bruce Grobbelaar
CB2 Flag of England.svg Gary Ablett
LB3 Flag of Ireland.svg Steve Staunton Sub off.svg 90'
RB4 Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Nicol
CM5 Flag of Ireland.svg Ronnie Whelan (c)
CB6 Flag of Scotland.svg Alan Hansen
CF7 Flag of England.svg Peter Beardsley
CF8 Flag of Ireland.svg John Aldridge Sub off.svg 73'
RM9 Flag of Ireland.svg Ray Houghton
LM10 Flag of England.svg John Barnes
CM11 Flag of England.svg Steve McMahon
DF12 Flag of England.svg Barry Venison Sub on.svg 90'
FW14 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Rush Sub on.svg 73'
Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish
GK1 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Neville Southall
RB2 Flag of England.svg Neil McDonald
LB3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Pat Van Den Hauwe
CB4 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kevin Ratcliffe (c)
CB5 Flag of England.svg Dave Watson
CM6 Flag of England.svg Paul Bracewell Sub off.svg 59'
RM7 Flag of Scotland.svg Pat Nevin
CM8 Flag of England.svg Trevor Steven
CF9 Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Sharp
CF10 Flag of England.svg Tony Cottee
LM11 Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin Sheedy Sub off.svg 78'
MF12 Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wilson Sub on.svg 78'
MF14 Flag of Scotland.svg Stuart McCall Sub on.svg 59'
Flag of England.svg Colin Harvey

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Replay if scores still level
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of two substitutions

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